What’s a man to do when he has six children ranging in age from four to eleven, he has a mortgage to pay, his wife does not speak the language of the country where he is living, and he is working only as a laborer, so money is tight? Let me also mention that the year is 1925. This was my grandfather’s dilemma.
The answer is to be creative and a little bit sneaky, so my grandfather decided to take advantage of the fruit of the vine for extra income. I had heard about this from my father, and as I have mentioned in my post, The Creativity of Poverty, dandelion wine was the name of the game.
The problem was that this was during the prohibition years, and my grandfather’s business was discovered by the local authorities, so he was hauled off to the pokey.
I recently found a news article which proved that this was not just a family legend. It really happened, and he was held on $1000 bail—the equivalent of over $14000 today. How did he raise the money? I will keep looking for more news articles.